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PostSubject: Aquatic Museum by Wing Mau (Hong-Kong)   Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:33 am

I recently got a set of six crabs by a company called Wing Mau (never neard of them). The line is called 'Aquatic Museum' and has six species of crabs. There are three species of fiddler crab: Uca crassipes, U. arcuata and U. lacteal. There is also the mud-flat crab (Chasmagnathus convexus), the red-claw crab (Chiromantes haematocheir), and the light-blue soldier crab, Myctyris longicarpus.

The U. crassipes looks a lot like U. tetragonon (previously done in both male and female by Takara in the second release of the Shrimps and Crabs collection initially released under Yujin) but they are apparently in different sub-genera. The U. lacteal was previously done by Epoch. The C. haematocheir was previsouly done by both Yujin (in the first release, only, of the Shrimps and Crabs collection) and Kayiodo (Chocoegg Animals Series 3). The M. longicarpus was mis-labeled on the paper inserts as 'Uca arcuata'. This is most-certainly a misprint on behalf of the company, as the figure is clearly modeled after a Myctyris and not a female Uca. M. longicarpus was previously done by Cadbury (Yowies Series 3). These are the first examples I have seen of Uca arcuata and Chasmagnathus convexus!

Each figure sits loosely on a hexagonal base with a habitat scene on it (land or land and water). The figures are not premanently attached to the base nor is there any mechanism for securely affixing them. The six bases can be connected together to form one large 'habitat platform' for lack of a better term. The figures themselves are single pieces, hard-bodied but with softish legs.

An interesting collection and worth acquiring for anyone into arthropods or aquatic animals.

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PostSubject: Re: Aquatic Museum by Wing Mau (Hong-Kong)   Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:42 am

Congratulation again. I don't know what to think about the basis, they are not the most artistic I have ever seen Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Aquatic Museum by Wing Mau (Hong-Kong)   Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:43 am

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Congratulation again. I don't know what to think about the basis, they are not the most artistic I have ever seen Wink

They just sit loosely on the bases; they are not attached and can be displayed without them. I like it when figures have bases though (esp. with insects and such).

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PostSubject: Re: Aquatic Museum by Wing Mau (Hong-Kong)   Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:48 am

Ok but I still prefer Colorata style basis.

Whiwh size are these crabs ?

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PostSubject: Re: Aquatic Museum by Wing Mau (Hong-Kong)   Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:13 am

They're really cute, congratulations Blaine.

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PostSubject: Re: Aquatic Museum by Wing Mau (Hong-Kong)   Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:06 pm

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They're really cute, congratulations Blaine.

Very, very and really cute!!! It was missing me this word! What a Face What a Face
Congratulations for your figures Blaine, do you collect real animals inside glasses???
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PostSubject: Re: Aquatic Museum by Wing Mau (Hong-Kong)   Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:25 pm

Most unusual and very, very impressive !
What an extraordinary idea to make them sit on a part of a landscape !
I would not wonder if these will be yoummy for collectors in the future Very Happy

If you have time, Blaine, could you perhaps show us a picture where the "puzzle" is assembled ?
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PostSubject: Re: Aquatic Museum by Wing Mau (Hong-Kong)   Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:20 pm

Congrats Blaine, These are very nice!
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PostSubject: Re: Aquatic Museum by Wing Mau (Hong-Kong)   Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:07 am

The cute crabs! I have only small sets models "made in China" (maybe Nayab?)

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PostSubject: Re: Aquatic Museum by Wing Mau (Hong-Kong)   Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:14 am

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The cute crabs! I have only small sets models "made in China" (maybe Nayab?)


Some of your crabs were by Play Vision for Habitat Earth. I am not sure if yours are PV, or copies. Most likely copies. Of course, I am not sure PV originated them :)

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PostSubject: Re: Aquatic Museum by Wing Mau (Hong-Kong)   Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:11 pm

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The cute crabs! I have only small sets models "made in China" (maybe Nayab?)


Some of your crabs were by Play Vision for Habitat Earth. I am not sure if yours are PV, or copies. Most likely copies. Of course, I am not sure PV originated them :)


... Oh no,no it,s not PV. As usually on PV models are logotype "PV" and the name of species. Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: Aquatic Museum by Wing Mau (Hong-Kong)   Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:33 pm

Here´s the original PV set:

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PostSubject: Re: Aquatic Museum by Wing Mau (Hong-Kong)   Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:54 pm

most of it :) Your set doesn't have the blue crab or the hermit crab (possibly others). They have been copied a few times before.

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PostSubject: Re: Aquatic Museum by Wing Mau (Hong-Kong)   Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:44 pm

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Here´s the original PV set:

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...Oh yeah! I have a some crab copies "made in China" by PV! cheers

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